Trek Hacks: Tightening backpack

Once the backpack is packed before we starting walking there are some points to be considered. These help for efficient and energy-saving hiking. One of the major things to remember is keeping the backpack close to the body.

If the backpack is loose on the back it eventually pulls shoulders and hips due to its weight. This puts undue pressure on body muscles and might even cause injuries after a long run. A backpack, therefore, comes with various straps to avoid this. Let’s see what these straps are,

1. Hip belt: It picks up the bag and lowers weight on the lower back
2. Shoulder straps: Due to hip belt you can see that weight on shoulder muscles decrease and the upper section lies loose. Tightening the shoulder straps brings bag close to the body and evenly distributes the bag weight on the back. Another reason is if the bag is kept loose then it keeps swinging with the walking movements, making it inconvenient to walk properly.
3. Upper straps: Same with these straps. It keeps the upper section of the backpack closer.
4. Chest straps/Sternal straps: Its main use is to keep the shoulder straps together. Sometimes the shoulder straps start falling down, these straps avoid that. Make sure not to tighten sternal straps so much that it affects your breathing. Here is the flow of tightening straps once the backpack is lifted.

  1. Once the bag is packed well and you are ready to go, first tighten the hip belt. So that it lifts the backpack and puts less pressure on the lower back.
  2. Now tighten the shoulder straps and upper straps so that the middle and upper section is not lose dangling, putting a strain on the shoulder.
  3. Next step is to pull the chest straps to keep the shoulder straps together.

Always keep in mind not to tighten to straps so much that they may cause rashes or pain.